Last year with the release of ‘The Little Book Of Hygge’, we were all introduced to the Danish way of living. When I say “we”, I really mean Youtubers and Instagrammers who seemed to embrace this to the max and started hashtagging the hell out of “hygge”(nearly 2 million times on Instagram) with every creamy hot chocolate they drank or blanket they wrapped themselves in. Well now (according to trend analysis people) Hygge living is set to become mainstream with all of us mere mortals embracing the movement. But what is it exactly?…
…Simply put, Hygge (pronounced ‘Hoo-ga‘) is all about creating a feeling of comfort and contentment while finding time to indulge in the good things in life. It’s all about making things special and making everyday actions more meaningful, like switching off technology at dinner; spending time with loved ones, lighting candles, buying flowers, drinking tea from proper china cups, reading books, getting snuggly…
A long table makes for good conversation and allows for food to be shared between guests. This would work really well for smaller weddings.
And on the subject of food, Hygge is all about embracing simple pleasures so don’t feel the pressure to serve a fancy 4-course meal, why not serve your favourite foods to your guests?
(As a side note I love this sign as a way to signpost the Pizza!)
Or why not ask guests to make and bring along their special recipes so everyone can get involved? This works so well for a dessert table!
To warm up your guests, especially during the time you’re off having photos, why not warm them up with a yummy hot chocolate? – added alcohol optional but encouraged! 😉
On the subject of alcohol having a signature cocktail for your wedding is becoming increasingly popular, this Plum and Thyme cocktail looks delicious and would work all year round.
One of the big points of Hygge is lighting candles to create a relaxed, cozy ambiance (something I am wholeheartedly behind!). We love the idea of taking vanilla scented candles, wrapping them in cinnamon sticks and creating a yummy smelling scent (it would be like baking cookies and who doesn’t love that smell!)
Coziness is a big part of Hygge, so why not provide guests with some warm blankets to snuggle up in. Perfect if they are outside for photos (or in need of a rest towards the end of the night…)
If a fur stole or bridal coat isn’t your thing how about a cozy blanket wrap for you too? We love the way it can inject a pop of colour.
Consider venues where you can embrace the great outdoors, Moddershall Oaks where we recently visited (see here) would make a fab Hygge-themed wedding venue especially lit at night with fairy lights and candles.